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* President, PM hold crucial discussions on future of the government
Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 12:15 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 12, Colombo: A crucial meeting between the President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is being held at the President's official residence in Colombo to discuss the future of the unity government in the aftermath of the local government election results, reports from Colombo say.

It has been reported that the President has confirmed the stance of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should resign from his post and informed the United National Party, which has a majority in the Sri Lankan parliament, to appoint a new Prime Minister from the party.

The Prime Minister has said that he will not restructure UNP according to the wishes of the SLFP and such a reorganization should come from within the UNP.

In response to a proposal presented by the UNP to form a UNP government with some of the SLFP members, the President has said that he will not give ministerial portfolios to such SLFP members, a minister representing the SLFP told BBC Sinhala Service.

If the UNP is to establish a new government with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the President's stance is that the TNA will have to withdraw the idea of formulating a new constitution.

Demands within the party that Ranil Wickremesinghe should hand over the party leadership to Sajith Premadasa or Karu Jayasuriya have been emerging, according to the BBC Sinhala report.

When Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was inquired by the BBC's Sinhala service whether he has received an invitation to lead the party or accept the post of Prime Minister, the Spiker has replied in negative, saying that he has not received any such invitation yet.

The Speaker also requested to ask the UNP about the matter since, he as the Speaker had left the party politics aside.

Meanwhile, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking to BBC Sinhala service said on Sunday (February 11th) that he will not accept the post of Prime Minister and urged the government to call for a general election since the government has lost the confidence of the people.

 

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